And then there's the article from today's Alibi, saying that someone named Jim Noel didn't report for work this past Monday:
Jim Noel sent a letter to Secretary of State Mary Herrera saying he wouldn't be reporting for duty Monday, Sept. 8, after all. This leaves New Mexico without a director of the Bureau of Elections less than two months before Nov. 4. Noel is the director of the Judicial Standards Commission, but another title spurred outrage from the state's Republicans—Noel is also the son-
That's right: the Secretary of State for the state of New Mexico appointed the son-in-law of one of the candidates for an open Senate seat to be director of the Bureau of Elections.
And this from the Alibi, an Albuquerque-based free paper not often known for being a mouthpiece for the New Mexico Republican party. The article links to another Alibi article on roughly the same topic that mentions, among other things:
Empty ballot boxes are kind of unusual, even in New Mexico, but late vote counts are not:
Why on the morning after an election does New Mexico not usually have its votes tallied yet? The main problem in the past hasn't been with the whole state, he says, but with Bernalillo County. (Secretary of State Herrera was the clerk in Bernalillo County from 2001 through 2006).
As for missing paper ballots in Cibola County, Ivey-
This last paragraph says two things: only forty per cent of votes are cast on election day, and each precinct (not each polling location) requires a staff of five.
If I recall correctly, early and late ballots are not necessarily counted; they're only counted if the election-day count is close enough that these ballots could sensibly change the outcome of the election. I don't remember what the rules are in New Mexico, and I can't seem to find them online.
Let's all hope and pray the 2008 Presidential election doesn't end in an Electoral College margin of less than five votes with New Mexico still left to count. New Mexico has a history of late, poorly-counted, poorly-monitored elections, and the person who was responsible for the worst-run county two years ago is now Secretary of State, and recently appointed an in-law of a candidate to run the elections state-wide. And all this with less than two months until election day.